Very Simple, Easy & Hopefully It Will Last Longer Than the Others
John McPhee, Amazon
1 week ago
Summary: I think we have a winner here. It is well built and super simple to use. We decided that dependability would be our priority after reading so many reviews about today's microwave ovens not lasting and being prohibitively expensive to repair. Like so many "small" appliances, they have become throw aways. I enrolled with Consumer Reports which was helpful in navigating the numerous model offers, distinguishing their features, and boiling them down to the chosen few.
Summary: There is no good reason for microwaves to have fancy controls! The single dial soft-clicks in 15 second increments. Heating is even, despite no rotating platter -- stop and turn it in the middle if you like. It's the Apple of Microwaves.
Summary: We went through a series of home use microwaves in our work kitchen. The problem with those is a) they have way to many buttons and features for people who are just reheating food, and b) people at work don't treat equipment like they do at home - so they never clean the ovens, spillovers, etc. The Amana is super simple, just one dial to turn and that makes it simple enough that the most clueless person can turn it on.
Summary: I bought this for my Aunt who has macular degeneration and has a very hard time with complicated interfaces (She is pushing 100!). Microwaves with 'membrane' buttons requires her to see what she is pushing. This Amana microwave has a knob, and no options. No defrost, no 'nothing. Perfect for re-heating meals and frozen meals. The simplicity of operation, no buttons, just turn the knob and the microwave runs. The indicator has a light for each time step.
Summary: So far I've purchased two of these for our plant lunchroom, they are simple to operatate and still working after three months of service. The real test will be how long they last because the standard home-duty units only last about one to two years. I am pleased enough to purchase another.